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Christian Blog patience

You’ll Get to Play Them All

Yesterday was an exciting day in my elementary music classroom. At least I think so. The children got to play four different instruments: hand drums, rhythm sticks, tambourines, and triangles!

We hadn’t played the triangle before, so I demonstrated the proper technique. Of course, my students were anxious to try out this new instrument, but there weren’t enough of them to go around.

“We’ll take turns,” I said with a grin. “Don’t worry, boys and girls, no matter what instrument you start with, you’ll get to play them all!”

So, after randomly passing out six triangles, and assigning each row of kids one of the other three instruments, the fun began. Each time we played through a song, we traded instruments and enjoyed another one.

Everybody was having a blast, except one little boy. He just sat there, tears rolling down his face.

I offered him a tissue; this is always a good door-opener. “What’s the matter, young man?” I said with genuine concern. “I want to play a triangle,” he blubbered. “Everyone does,” I responded. “That’s why we’re taking turns.

I encouraged him to choose another instrument and wait for his debut on the triangle, but he refused. My student sat there and quietly sobbed, mopping his face with a soggy tissue for the rest of the class period.


It’s common for some children to struggle with delaying gratification. As I watched my young friend languish in unnecessary sorrow, I realized: it’s the same with the children of God. Sometimes, when we don’t get what we want, we’d rather throw an unholy hissy fit than wait our turn.

Meanwhile,, Jesus reaches with open arms, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.” –John 15:7 (NIV)

Kind reader, our journey with Christ is like a parade, and God has the aerial view. But all we can see is what passes in front of us. Keep faith! On the road to heaven we’ll get to “play them all.”

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


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Christian Blog evangelism

My Little Secret

Until now it’s been my little secret. (I’m typing quietly so others won’t hear).

In the bottom of the library workroom freezer at school there are two whole boxes of ice cream bars. I think they’re treats left over from a staff training, but what does it matter? I know where they are.

Every day, after lunch, I’ve been eating one, or two. It’s really not that big of a deal, I mean freezer burn will ruin them before Christmas, if someone doesn’t intervene.

This past Wednesday, I slyly opened the freezer–after looking both ways. And here’s what I saw:

Was someone on to me?

No. I checked with the library ladies: the books had gotten wet, and freezing them is the first step to fixing them. But why is this book in this freezer, above my secret stash? I mean, it’s a perfect meme, all I did was stand it up and take the picture.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Jesus, Matthew 5: 14,16 (NIV)

Kind reader, this little “freezer find” is a message from God. His light within us should be no secret; the good news of the gospel is to be freely shared with others.

Duly noted.

But I’m not telling the whole staff about the ice cream. 😀

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Christian Blog intercessory prayer

On the Other Hand

I was walking away from the pantry one evening with a handful of roasted cashews, when our Schnauzer barked to go outside. Turning around, snack still in my right hand, I grabbed a few kibbles of dog food with my left.

Once we were both on the half dark porch, I popped my favorite snack into my mouth. Except that’s not what happened, not exactly. You see, I chose the wrong hand, and I’m here to tell you that dog food tastes nothing like cashews.🥴


Recent interpersonal conflict at work has provided a few such “On the other hand” moments. One committee meeting grew so confrontational, it left a horrible taste in my mouth.

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.

Philippians 1:27 (NIV)

These words of wisdom, from the Apostle Paul, ran through my mind during the meeting’s immediate aftermath. Sequestered in my windowless classroom, eating a slow motion lunch, I realized something anew: I loathe hostility.

Of course, I went home that afternoon and lamented, at length to my wife about it. She listened politely, and then said the following:

This situation will effect all your relationships. You must come up with a plan to deal with it.

Nancy Duncan

Who comes up with a plan to stop interpersonal kryptonite at 6 o’clock in the evening!?😳

But then I thought of a blogger friend across the pond, a guy from the UK who has weathered plenty of relational storms. Thank God, he also stays up late.😊

I log on, and sure enough, Andy B, from Berry Bunch Family Ministry is online. I tell him about the dust-up at work and ask him to pray for me. He promises to lift the situation up to God.

Well, he and his wife, Jo must have prayed about it–before lights out–because I felt much better within minutes!

Kind reader, I was in no shape to say the right words to God myself, but a brother in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, said them for me. The power of intercessory prayer is real.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:16 (NIV)

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